I love living in San Francisco. I couldn't imagine living anywhere else. But, even though I've been here for six years, I don't get out much. Without a car, I basically stay within a square mile of my apartment. I tell myself that I should get out more, but I never do. I even have a list of things I want to do. Chalk it up to laziness, because I really don't have another valid excuse. Well tonight I changed a bit of that. I visited a place on my list.
About a year ago, I was walking the streets near the Mission one early morning, when I discovered something my friends already knew. It was an old time dinner/soda fountain. I was quite excited, and told myself that I would come back when they were open. I finally made it. I made arrangements with these same friends to have late lunch there today. I wasn't disappointed.
The St. Francis Fountain has been in continuous operation since opening in 1918. It has changed a bit, but is still reminiscent of the soda fountains of the 40s and 50s. They have an expanded menu that has a lot of options, mostly breakfast foods. I had the "Nebulous Potato Things" with bacon that was quite delicious and quite filling. I also got to experience my first chocolate soda. This experience was a long time coming. I had always seen people order these on classic movies and television programs, usually being teenagers in soda fountains. I wondered what they tasted like, figuring that they had to be yummy since it was a common thing in these moving images. Since I have not been a teenager in a couple of decades, I figured it was about time I tried one. So, I ordered one. I sucked it down very quickly. It was an interesting flavor. It had, what you might expect, the taste of chocolate syrup with the sparkling sensation of soda. I am not sure I will order another one, but at least I was finally able to try it.
If you the opportunity to visit this fair city, please take the time to have at least one meal or dessert at the St. Francis Fountain.